Amy and Andrew arrived at the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children's Hospital late Sunday night. Her water had broken on it's own but other than that their baby girl was nice and cozy where she was so they were scheduled to be induced that next morning. By the time I arrived at the hospital at 6am that next morning Amy had already received an epidural as her contractions had progressed through the night. Still, however, she wasn't dilating as quickly as her contractions were intensifying. It was a solid day before baby Millie would make her appearance in the world but that day (and night) was full of sweet, gentle moments between these two expecting parents.
Andrew was so gentle as he brushed Amy's hair, massaged her feet, and rubbed her back through contractions. Never was there a cross word spoken between the two of them. Even their banter back and forth with one another was light hearted, loving, and affirming. Amy is a charismatic mama so of course she formed bonds with her nurses over musicals, movies, and music. I recall one passionate discussion about Les Misérables and Russel Crowe's performance as Inspector Javert. I may have been the only one that didn't enjoy his musical talents.
Once it was time to push, Andrew grabbed Amy's hand and encouraged her with every contraction. He was a ninja when it came to providing her with sips of water, chapstick, and a cool wash cloth. He. was. on. it. And then, Millie was here. She must have already understood her mama's love of music because she came out singing. That girl was born with a healthy set of lungs. From what I could see through the lens and behind my watery eyes, she was wide-eyed and full of energy at only minutes young. It was so beautiful. So beautiful.
It is always an honor to witness and document the beginning of this extraordinary new chapter in a family's story. Emotions are high, anticipation builds, and love is tangible. These are real, genuine, life changing moments that every generation will experience and have in common. These are the moments worth capturing.